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Nick Johnson will be the Yankees' number 2 hitter

Mar 4, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

No, Joe Girardi hasn’t announced it, but the Star Ledger’s Marc Carig has deduced as much from what Girardi said about the two slot yesterday. Girardi’s comments:

“On-base is extremely important to me because the guys behind him
can all hit the ball out of the ballpark. So, yes, you’d love to have a guy that had an extremely
high on-base percentage that can run and hit for power. But if you had
that guy he might hit somewhere else . . .You like to have guys who can run, but as I said,
because of the guys in front of him, that becomes less important. You
don’t have to be a flyer.”

I agree with Carig that this is Girardi basically saying, without saying it, that Nick Johnson is batting second this year. Which makes total sense. He’s an OBP God, and with A-Rod and Teixeira hitting three and four, anyone who has guys stealing bases in front of them should be summarily shot.

I think Nick Johnson’s addition is the single most underrated move of the offseason.  If he stays healthy — and really, his injuries tend to be more freak things than chronic things — the Yankees are going to score tons and tons of runs.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 4, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    How can I have an intelligent conversation about anything, much less something as intimate as baseball, with someone who thinks Miller’s Crossing is a bad movie? It’s an incipient contradiction in terms. So I can hardly be expected to agree with the same cinematically illiterate’s assessment of myself, can I? But here’s a little wisdom, as expressed by Bill to Martha during their wedding in Serial: “I am an asshole. It is neither good nor bad; it simply is.” I take less comfort from that than perhaps I ought to, because your mindless petulance begs more of it than I do and I’m really a generous sort.
    Maybe next time I’ll refer to Mao, China, lychee nectar and Winn Dixie instead. I don’t want you busting an aneurysm out there.

  2. ditmars1929 - Mar 4, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Craig, it’s your blog, and a good one at that, so write whatever you want.
    Gator,for God’s sake, you think you’re a funny guy, but this is a baseball blog. Talk about baseball, or get lost. Look at your last post. Nobody gives a fuck what you watch on the television.

  3. Old Gator - Mar 4, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Ah, you know what I think you are? A dharmapala, or guardian of the dharma, or law, in Buddhism. You know, those horrible fanged beings with the crazed grins, gnashing teeth with masticated bodies hanging out of their mouths and the dwarf of cinematic illiteracy being trampled beneath their clawed feet, waving their eight or ten arms around wildly (a dharmapala with only two or even four arms would be too understated to be efficient), making general fools of themselves in their enraged buffoonery and perpetual apoplexy. Except that most dharmapalas are appointed by the great bodhisattvas to guard the law, and you’ve kind of appointed yourself – as if a mere sycophantic solicitation of Craig the One Thus Come were sufficient in itself to validate your sanctimony. Ah well.
    Aside from that, you must “give a fuck” what I watch on television (although I haven’t mentioned television – can’t you stick to your topic?) since you seem to fly off into seratonin imbalances every time I stray from the basepaths. Relax. Ignore me if I get under your skin so much. Meanwhile, you’re amusing me far, far more than I suspect you intend to. And frankly, I deserve it.

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